A Berlin local politician active in the Syrian opposition was attacked by two men in his home, police said Tuesday, in a case the German foreign ministry said it was following closely.
The Greens party, which the victim Ferhad Ahma represents on a Berlin district council, suspected the Syrian secret services were behind the assault early Monday, said its chief whip in the national parliament, Volker Beck.
Ahma suffered serious bruises and other wounds in the attack but declined medical treatment, police said.
The Greens said in a statement that two men claiming to be policemen arrived at Ahma's flat at around 2:00 am and when he opened the door, began beating him with metal bars and clubs.
The party said the men's Arab appearance as well as the fact that Ahma had been threatened before led it to conclude the attackers were linked to the regime in Damascus.